- Saffron slapping Donna
- Donna telling Elle what happened
- Donna giving a statement to the police
- Harry and Sophie arguing about the DHS
- Kate dancing in Jason Coleman's showcase
Kate returns home and gleefully tells Harry that she got the dancing gig. Jason thought she was awesome. Kate wants to tell Sophie the good news but Harry doesn't know where she is - Sophie's still annoyed with him.
Donna's had enough of studying so she packs the books away. Opening up her diary she sees ‘Exams Start!' on one page, so she quickly flicks back to where it says ‘My 18th', which makes her happier.
Donna crashes Zeke, Ringo, Declan and Sunny's study session to deliver invites to her birthday bash tomorrow. She's organised activities for the whole day, which isn't met with much enthusiasm. The teens really need the time to study. But Donna says her friends are all she's got (her family aren't around & Elle's in Sydney), and she really wants to spend time with them. Karl and Susan bring the kids coffee and snacks when Donna leaves.
KARL: She's like a hurricane that girl.
SUSAN: I know you can all eat again, this should keep your blood sugars up.
KARL: I think there's a little bit too much walnut in these.
SUSAN: It's walnut slice.
KARL: Do you know how much they cost?
SUSAN: Oh for heaven's sake.
ZEKE: (agitated) OK guys, can you postpone the great nut debate until after exams?
The teens chat about Donna's plans and agree that there's no way they can do everything on the list. They decide that Ringo needs to be the one to tell her.
Donna's a bit put out when Ringo relays the news to her, but even more put out when she realises that it means Ringo won't be spending the whole day with her either. Ringo tries to assure her there'll still be dinner, cake and presents tomorrow - and that everyone will make it up to her after exams. Donna says she understands but it doesn't translate to her face. When Ringo leaves, Donna flicks through a photo album and a pic of her and Saffron falls out.
Number 24/Donna‘s Bedroom
Harry is mucking around pretending to deliver a congratulations speech to Kate but Sophie just thinks he's an idiot. Kate reminds them of the DHS meeting in a couple of weeks, and how they have to stick together as a family, but Sophie's having none of this ‘happy clappy' family moment. She can't forgive Harry for what he's done. Sophie strops away but Kate tells Harry not to give up on her.
Kate answers the phone. It's Donna, calling to ask about the dance stuff, but also to see if Kate can make it to her b'day bash. Donna's disappointed to hear that Kate can only come to dinner.
Number 22 - Next Morning
Donna's on the phone to Elle, thanking her for her birthday present (a pair of sunnies), when Rebecca and Declan find her to deliver more pressies. Rebecca and Paul bought her a leather handbag, but it doesn't seem to be Donna's style. Declan retrieves a parcel from a delivery man and gives it to Donna.
REBECCA: Who's that from?
DONNA: I don't know, it doesn't say.
REBECCA: Maybe your mum?
DONNA: I doubt it, it's not ticking.
She opens it to find an expensive necklace - from Saffron. Rebecca sneers and says that Saffron probably just wants Donna to drop the charges. Donna half-heartedly agrees and says she might sell it.
But when Donna's alone in her room she can't help trying the necklace on. She then calls Saffron's work and asks to speak with her, but Rebecca catches her in time and says to hang up the phone. Rebecca doesn't understand why Donna would want to talk to Saffron after everything she's done.
DONNA: (crying) I don't know.
REBECCA: Sweetheart, can't you see she's just trying to bribe you to forgive her.
DONNA: Is that so bad?
REBECCA: Yes, of course it is!
DONNA: I put everything into that job, I sacrificed my friends, my study... Now I have nothing.
Donna packs the necklace away while Rebecca tells her she has lots of things to be happy about in her life. With an education the world will be her oyster. If she goes back to Saffron then she's saying that what Saffron did to her was OK. Ringo arrives with a cupcake (and decked out in a party hat) to wish Donna a happy birthday. Rebecca leaves them be, but the mood is quite solemn. Donna tells Ringo about the necklace and gets annoyed when he says he hopes she sent it back.
DONNA: It was actually really nice.
RINGO: That woman is a lunatic. I'm really glad you quit.
DONNA: I only quit because you put the stupid idea in my head.
DONNA: I don't know why I even listened to you.
RINGO: She treated you like dirt.
DONNA: She was giving me a career, Ringo, which is now gone.
RINGO: What, thanks to me? What is up with you lately?
DONNA: I don't know. Can you please just go? I'm really not in a great mood.
Looking ticked off, Ringo sets down a present and the cupcake on her desk. He mutters 'happy birthday' before walking out. Donna opens up the gift to see that he bought her a nice pair of earrings.
Karl and Susan smile away in the background as the teens congratulate Kate on her dancing triumph. Kate mentions Donna and Ringo relays that they've had a fight because she blames him for ending her career. Kate's stunned and thinks she should go and see her, but Ringo doesn't think she should bother, “she's in a foul mood”. Ringo decides to go to the gym to clear his head. Meanwhile, Kate tells Susan about her sibling dramas, so Susan offers to help out.
Harry tries to muck around with Sophie while she's baking a cake, but Sophie doesn't want to play along. Harry says she'll have to forgive him sooner or later. Susan brings over some walnut slice and Harry heads off to the gym. Susan tells Sophie a story about how Libby and Mal fought all the time, but Sophie isn't really keen on a chat. Susan leaves and Sophie heads into the hallway - while smoke starts to seep out of the oven.
Ringo dukes it out with the boxing bag while Susan finds Harry and has a chat with him. She says he needs to be there for Sophie because she's scared of losing him, and he also needs to prove to the DHS that he's big enough to fix all of his mistakes. Susan offers Harry a lift home.
Donna emerges from a birthday massage and is peeved to see Ringo - she thought he had to “study” all day. Ringo says he just needed to clear his head and adds that the Saffron thing wasn't his fault. If Donna needs someone to blame she should blame her ex-boss. Donna knows she shouldn't have gotten angry at Ringo but she thinks it's useless studying because she doesn't have a career to look forward to anymore. Ringo offers to help her study regardless, but Donna declines.
Sophie rushes out when she hears the smoke alarm and grabs the phone in a panic. Harry and Susan arrive home just in time to save the day. Harry lifts Sophie up so she can shut off the alarm while Susan fixes the oven and opens the window. Sophie cuddles into Harry and says it's all her fault.
HARRY: It's OK. Were you calling emergency?
SOPHIE: I was calling you.
Sophie apologises to her bro for being a brat to him. Sibling-ness restored. Susan is pleased.
All of the teens are celebrating Donna's birthday. She's stoked when she gets a digital camera from them and asks Rebecca to take a few happy snaps (in the silly one all the girls do pouting shots while the boys make disturbing faces). Donna wants to keep partying, but it's 11pm and everyone's tired. Donna kind of lays on the guilt trip, which Ringo calls her out on. Annoyed, Donna says she wasn't talking to him so Ringo ups and leaves.
Donna finds Ringo and says his exit from the bar was really embarrassing for her, but Ringo replies that she's been really rude to him all day and he'd had enough.
DONNA: I just wanted a good birthday.
RINGO: Yeah I wanted that too. You've been so wrapped up in yourself.
RINGO: You haven't asked me once how I'm going, if I'm doing OK, if I'm worried about passing. I have been struggling so hard to be a paramedic and you haven't supported me. Not once.
DONNA: That's not true.
RINGO: No, it is. You've been too busy feeling sorry for yourself about Saffron.
DONNA: She slapped me! She ended my career.
RINGO: No, you are ending your career by not studying and not letting anyone help you.
DONNA: I really do not need this.
RINGO: Yeah well I don't need this either.
DONNA: What's that supposed to mean?
RINGO: It's too much, you're stressing me out, Donna. I need to focus, so until exams are over I think we need a break.
DONNA: You want a break? Fine.
She leaves, slamming the door behind her.
[Tomorrow on Neighbours]
(Donna talks to Elle)
DONNA: I am so far behind. I'm going to fail.
(Donna stares at the earrings Ringo gave her)
(Ringo speaks to Donna at school)
RINGO: Donna when I said I needed a break until exams were over I meant it, OK?
(Donna and Ringo exchange looks in the classroom during the exam)
(Someone crashes down a ladder in a tunnel)
(Elle calls Lucas to tell him about it)
ELLE: There's been an accident. He hurt himself, he can't move.
LUCAS: Are you OK?
ELLE: I have to go back down.
LUCAS: OK Elle, listen to me, I do not want you going back down there.
(Elle has to face her claustrophobia and crawl through a tunnel)